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Re: complexity (was: Re: XHTML and RDF)

From: Orion Adrian <oadrian@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:43:58 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <BAY1-F10K2v5jckZhlh00006a26@hotmail.com>

> > A specification is a document that describes a process or technology 
>that is
> > sufficiently precise enough that people can use the document to 
>implement
> > the process or technology in such a way that the desired output always 
>flows
> > from a given set of inputs.
>
>Actually, one of the main reasons for a specification is often to clearly
>identify what is left as implementation choices; it is about identifying
>what can be safely assumed, as much as exactly what happens.
>
>CSS is a particularly strong case here, as, whilst many graphic designers
>expect PDF like fidelity, CSS is actually only specified as hinting, and
>that is a positive choice in its specification.

And yet, what I said still doesn't preclude that variability. It only 
specifies that the desired output flows from the desired inputs. I didn't 
speak at all about side effects.

Though as someone who has to design web sites, I would definately like to 
see more precision out of CSS and less inoperable workings.

Orion Adrian

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